Simplify Traceability Analysis with the Batch Information Cockpit in ECC 6.0

  • by Kaushik Choudhury, Senior SAP Functional Consultant
  • June 26, 2014
Learn how to use the SAP Batch Information Cockpit (BIC) to perform top-down and bottom-up batch traceability. The BIC offers a number of functionalities to end users that can be used without opening multiple sessions.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Perform top-down batch traceability in the Batch Information Cockpit (BIC)
  • Perform bottom-up batch traceability in the BIC
  • Configure settings for a new screen layout in the BIC
Key Concept

The SAP Batch Information Cockpit (BIC) provides a central tool to analyze all the batch use within a supply chain, especially during batch recall. The BIC’s functionality can be used if batch management is implemented with additional configurations.

Traceability of the ingredients or components within a production system is crucial, especially for pharmaceutical and food industries. This is a legal requirement in many industries in accordance with good manufacturing practice and key in the batch recall process. Businesses often develop complex custom reports to view and analyze the batch traceability without performing the full due diligence of the functionality offered by SAP. The SAP Batch Information Cockpit (BIC) presents many advantages over custom reports and developments, including the following: 

  • You can perform top-down and bottom-up traceability analysis efficiently and smoothly.
  • You can access the batch master to display and change information related to the batch directly from the BIC while performing the traceability analysis of a batch, and there is no need to access the batch master from a separate transaction such as by executing transaction codes MSC2N or MSC3N.
  • You can display stock information of the batch from the BIC, and there is no need to execute transaction code MMBE in a separate transaction.
  • The BIC provides wide screen layout and selection screen options per user or business needs.
  • The BIC saves you effort, time, and money during the implementation and supporting custom development after go-live.

Implementing batch management is a prerequisite to trace batches in an SAP system. You also are required to record all batch receipts in SAP ERP Central Component (ECC).

Note
You can perform the traceability analysis only on the material that is batch managed in ECC. The focus of this article is how batch traceability can be performed using BIC, and to do so, the prerequisite is to have batch management implemented. Implementing batch management is beyond the scope of this article. Therefore, I assume that readers know how to implement batch management. I also assume that the readers are familiar with how to record batch receipts in ECC.

Kaushik Choudhury

Kaushik Choudhury is a senior consultant in the supply chain management field with more than a decade of experience in supply chain consulting in principal positions for leading brands across the globe. His focus is on business transformation, business re-engineering, proof of concept and solution design, and end-to-end implementation. He has a proven track record of delivering in alignment with business expectations and possesses a unique combination of profound business process understanding, consulting skills, hands-on SAP experience, and effective management capabilities. Kaushik has operated seamlessly in highly agile and iterative environments in which solutions are implemented incrementally with ongoing design changes. He has wide experience in Agile and Waterfall delivery methodologies in large supply chain implementation programs. Kaushik has successfully managed workshops and business discussions in large SAP implementation programs covering multiple geographical footprints.

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